>individuality vs. the body of Christ

7:08 PM

>Someone in my Humanities class quoted 1 Cor. 12:12-26 today as evidence that one must avoid individuality in order to operate efficiently within the body of Christ. The statement struck me as kind of funny considering that I distinctly remember the WBTS making the same kind of statements, especially in regard to independent thinking. The problem I find in this kind of thinking can best be summed up by Eph. 4:14:


that we may no more be babes, tossed and borne about by every wind of the teaching, in the sleight of men, in craftiness, unto the artifice of leading astray,
(Young's Literal Translation)


I discussed this verse a while back so I don't think there's any need to talk about it again. To sum things up, forgoing one's individuality makes them susceptible to being led astray. It also means giving up the gifts that God has given them in order to find and please Him; namely their past experiences, their personality, their talents, their critical thinking processes, their creativity, etc. 


What I find particularly interesting though is how it seems that 1 Cor. 12 actually discusses the importance of individuality in the body of Christ, describes it as a gift from the Spirit, and describes it as being part of God's will:


There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 
If they were all one part, where would the body be?
(Young's Literal Translation)


That's six statements from 1 Cor. 12 that point to individuality as being part of what makes the body of Christ work. 


I can't really come up with much more to say about this. In my opinion, the Bible makes it clear enough on its own. Individuality is not something we should attempt to avoid but instead is something that we should take joy in as it is part of what makes us valuable and unique to the body of Christ. 

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